Sunday, August 30, 2009

Some Old Candlewicking, Etc.

Back in the '80's I did some candlewicking and still have the pillows I made way back when. I don't think it ever became a big craze such as crossstitch, redwork, needlepoint, etc., but there were some books out with patterns, etc. I liked the looks of it and still do, but I don't think I will ever take it up again. I will say that I really learned how to make a colonial knot and can still do it without thinking about it. I like it so much better than a french knot - it seems to be so much neater. The little girl in the second pillow is one I did about the same time as the pillows in pink. She is hand appliqued and hand quilted. The pattern was from an old Quilt magazine, I think. I love the ruffle trim on the bottom two pillows. You just don't find that pretty stuff anymore - without it costing a tremendous amount. This makes me think of some of the multitude of needlepoint pillows I made in the '70's and '80's, some of which I still have. Will have to find those one day and take some pictures. That's a whole other thing! (Click to enlarge)


Jewels said...

Hi Carol - I was in a quilt shop in Sarnia and they were talking about "Twilling" classes - and that if I knew how to do candlewicking I'd pick it up in now time - they had examples they were showing. Not much about it on the Web (as thdy were defining it). If I can make the class I may have a old/new technique to show the Guild! Hope you are enjoying today's sunshine! J

Karen said...

I agree about the colonial knot. It is much neater then the french knot. Pretty pillows.

Lori Holt said...

Hi Carol
I remember candlewicking...I did quite a bit of it back then. I like the pink on the cream...very feminine and your appliqued pillow is lovely.